Oatmeal

If you think you don’t like oatmeal give this recipe a try.  I could write a book of testimonials about this meal from people who swore they didn’t like oatmeal to mountain bikers who no longer bonked halfway through their ride.  And it’s simple, inexpensive and a great “GO TO” meal.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 tablespoon dried apricots, cut in small pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat powdered milk
  • honey or stevia to taste

Cooking

Cut the apricots into small pieces (1/4”) and put them in a pot with the raisins and water.  Bring to a boil and add the oats.  Turn heat down to maintain a simmer.  Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients.  If the oatmeal is very thick add a little hot water to get a looser consistency.  It is easier to eat and digest when it is not too thick.

Variations

  • Instead of oats, try 1/3 cup of any Multi-Grain Cereal or Steelcut Oats in 1 1/3 cup water.  Cook for ~45 minutes or save time and cook overnight in a slow cooker.
  • Other tasty hot cereals can be made from Bear Mush (natural cream of wheat), cornmeal or Pocono (cream of buckwheat).  Use 1/3 cup cereal to 1 1/3 cup water.  Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Try fresh apples or pears, dried peaches, almonds, or a pinch of cinnamon for variety
  • Add ground flax seed for a nutty flavor along with fiber and omega 3 fats.
  • Substitute whey protein or almond milk for the powdered milk.